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  • #16
    1987 is long after the Avanti paint problems. 1987 Avantis were painted in lacquer. They received three coats of color followed by three coats of clear. Mine, and all that I know of, had very good paint jobs. The looked like show cars, not production cars.

    Thanks for posting the S/N sticker.
    Gary L.
    Wappinger, NY

    SDC member since 1968
    Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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    • #17
      I had a 1982 Avanti II that came from the factory painted dark green. By the time I got it someone had painted it white. The white paint was bubbling all over the car. I took it to the body shop and had it painted Mercedes Benz red. The body shop stripped the car all the way down to the clear coat and found that the body was oozing a clear liquid from the fiberglass. After letting the car ooze in the sun for two months they had their paint rep look at the car and they specified a certain epoxy sealer before painting it. The paint looked great for about a month until it started bubbling again. I was very disgusted. I took it back to them and they stripped and painted the entire care again. I sold it after that not because of the problem but because I needed the money so I do not know how the paint held up from there. I do know the body shop was very reputable and they are still in business doing a lot of nice paint jobs. I do believe there was a problem with the resin mix on Avanti from this time period.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by StudeMichael View Post
        I do believe there was a problem with the resin mix on Avanti from this time period.
        My 63 had an isssue as well. Not bubbling but a dark spot. When Allen Barth repainted the car he said there was something odd with part of the hood panel that went below the primer. He let the new primer sit for a couple of months before painting the color and it seems to be fine.

        Perhaps the lesson is sometimes fiberglass does weird stuff? Or maybe it was just the the cheapie respray from the late 80s/early 90s had an issue.
        63 Avanti R1 2788
        1914 Stutz Bearcat
        (George Barris replica)

        Washington State

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        • #19
          I put this car up on eBay to see if it gathers any interest for its historical nature. Thoughts?

          http://www.ebay.com/itm/Studebaker-A...US_Cars_Trucks

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Red350DropTop View Post
            I put this car up on eBay to see if it gathers any interest for its historical nature. Thoughts?

            http://www.ebay.com/itm/Studebaker-A...US_Cars_Trucks
            Since you asked for "thoughts":
            You would do better with a low starting price to get the auction method working. You can keep your current reserve price. Your reserve price should be the least that you can live with.
            Since your reserve is $15K or more, I wish you luck in today's market for 1987 Avantis. The last 1987 Avanti (a convertible) whose sale I know of sold for $6985. Of course, it only takes two that want the car and bid it up.

            Your Avanti is the last completed Avanti shipped from South Bend. There were other Avantis that were near completion that were transported from South Bend to Youngstown and then considered to be Ohio cars.
            Gary L.
            Wappinger, NY

            SDC member since 1968
            Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Chris_Dresbach View Post
              They don't currently have a "late model" Avanti, with the exception of Loewy's personal car which I believe is a '67. You're right, this car would be an excellent addition to the museum collection.


              You have quite a car there, it's great to see it's still around.
              I haven't been there in a year or so, but Loewy's last personal car was a 76, gold with diagonal white stripes across the doors. It WAS at the museum, but it was only on loan from the Loewy family. When his daughter passed on she stipulated that it be back in the family and running again. Andy Beckman shipped it to me when I was in Georgia, and I got it in good driving shape after sitting a long time unused. I redid the suspension, and fuel systems, and brakes. Loewy's son in law, David Hagerman, is now caretaker and drives it occasionally and wants it to be part of an eventual Loewy Click image for larger version

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              Bez Auto Alchemy
              573-318-8948
              http://bezautoalchemy.com


              "Don't believe every internet quote" Abe Lincoln

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              • #22
                I have Nate Altman's personal car from Bob Brown Motors in San Diego. It is a 1970 Avanti II with a Corvette 300 hp 350CID LT1. It was painted a Cadillac Nutmeg Metallic and was used to promote sales of the Avanti when he visited his daughter there.
                I converted it to a Doug Nash five speed standard and it now has 33,000 original miles.
                Bill

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                • #23
                  An LT-1 engine was rated at 370 hp in 1970...in '71 was rated at 330 hp and 270 hp in '72 due to the change to unleaded gasoline and net horsepower rating. If yours is a 1970 300 hp engine then it's not an LT-1...it would be a base L-48 engine. The LT-1 was also a solid lifter engine and until 1972 wasn't available with a/c...and even then with a much reduced red line.

                  Now, if what you have is a mid-1990's Corvette LT1 (without the -), that would be rated at 300 hp, but it wouldn't be original to the car.
                  Poet...Mystic...Soldier of Fortune. As always...self-absorbed, adversarial, cocky and in general a malcontent.

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